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“Home base in Nairobi” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi

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Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Ranked #10 of 161 Hotels in Nairobi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Home base in Nairobi”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

This hotel gives real service!
Being welcome, safe, being pampered, to be in a beautiful place, my room was very ok -a bit average, free WiFi and with a great view on the beautiful garden..good food, nice people around; my second home in Africa!!
Everyone (also in the rest of Nairobi!) is so friendly, helpful and relaxed. The breakfast and diner; really good! Having diner at the restaurant at the pool is the best place; food is better, sitting outside, some days nice bands/music. And coming back every day someone at the entrance says; 'hey...welcome back, good to see you again!' the safety guards these details (especially when traveling alone) is very nice. There is also a great shop for massage/hairdressers/manicure/pedicure.
and the taxi drivers in front are very reliable; one is called Joseph; [--] he guided me daily, even when I needed to get off at 6 am he was always there, driving safe and even waiting for hours and bringing me from one location to another. Good prices too.

Room Tip: view over the garden or the pool (more busy in the weekend)
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MmeJeannette
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london
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2011

calm apart from the frogs in the courtyard gardens, that is. historic, by nairobi standards. attentive staff.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dan w
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sydney
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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2011

The Southern Sun hotel is a nice, clean, comfortable, safe place to stay in Nairobi and offers all the luxuries that the normal large chain hotels usually have, swimming pools, a gym, room service and a variation of restaurants. The gardens were very nice & well kept & the free wi fi in the bedrooms was a definite plus.
On the negative side our room was very average, it had no character, was dark and a little run down. We could also hear children screaming from the nearby playground all day and until 8pm which was a little bit of a nightmare as we were trying to sleep.
No iron in the room either.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away no where near the playground if your staying there on a weekend
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fremontSydney
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

The service starting from the reception to room service etc. at the hotel was excellent. Staff were very courteous and friendly. There was an excellent security on each floor of the hotel too.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NAYANA999
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

When I last visited this hotel it was the Holiday Inn. However it has since been taken over by the Southern Sun group. While the hotel is located on the very busy Parklands Road once you step through the reception area into the gardens beyond you find yourself in a tropical haven of peace and tranquility beyond.

There are two restaurants, one by the main pool, and the other, a steak restaurant, in the main building. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly and polite. Guest safety and security is a priority and there are plenty of visible security staff, but do not let this put you off as they are all extremely pleasant and very helpful.

We stayed here for one night prior to our safari and then had a day room on our return before we caught our flight home. Both rooms were clean and comfortable.

If you are staying in Nairobi then you could do a lot worse than stay here. I will certainly stay here next time.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Llanelly
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Golden Valley, MN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

Stayed at the Southern Sun Mayfair during a recent business trip to Nairobi. Last time I was here was 3 years ago when the hotel was a holiday in. Nothing much has changed since then. Decent hotel in the upscale Westlands. Close to Sarit Center and Westgate. Limited dining options in hotel, but poolside breakfast buffet is pretty darn good. No a/c and no screens on windows, so mosquitoes can be an issue. Friendly attentive staff. Great wireless Internet gratis. Decent value for Nairobi.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Deanko
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

Nice hotel with open space,
v nice spread of food and children will enjoy the place.
Food spread is also good and the resturant is adjacent to the swimming pool and open area.
Overall a good relaxed beginning to someone on the kenya Safari!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank amit_chhawchharia
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Property: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Address: Cnr. Parklands Road & Msapo Close, Parklands, Nairobi 00800, Kenya
Phone Number:
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in Nairobi
#4 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#14 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi 4*
Number of rooms: 171
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SOUTHERN SUN MAYFAIR IS ONE OF NAIROBI'S BEST KNOWN LANDMARKS THAT FIRST ENJOYED ITS HEYDAY IN 1940'S COLONIAL KENYA. IT HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY REFURBISHED TO PROVIDE MODERN FACILITIES, YET RETAINS THE UNDERSTATED CHARM AND ELEGANCE OF YESTERYEAR. THE HOTEL IS SITUATED CLOSE TO THE CITY CENTRE AND ONLY 20KM FROM JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WE WELCOME GUESTS TO EXPERIENCE THE TRADITIONAL WARMTH AND HOSPITALITY FOR WHICH BOTH KENYA AND SOUTHERN SUN ARE RENOWNED. ... more   less 
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Holiday Inn Nairobi
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